Chelsea are eyeing a swoop for Ajax starlet Anwar El Ghazi according to the Mirror.
El Ghazi has been identified as one of the best prospects to emerge from Ajax's youth academy in recent years, and has been named the club's young player of the year.
The 20-year-old is set to be scouted by the Blues at the Toulon U20 tournament later this month, with Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid also paying close attention. El Ghazi has already caught the attention of Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc who singled him out for praise earlier this term.
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“That is they are a special club, Christian Eriksen has gone (to Tottenham) but they now have Davy Klaassen and Anwar El Ghazi,” he said before their Champions League showdown late last year.
Ajax boss Frank de Boer also believes the talented youngster is destined for the top. "Anwar is a top professional who wants to be better every day,” the former Dutch international said.
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Chelsea have made a habit of snapping up the best youngsters from around the globe in recent years, and announced a deal for Brazilian starlet Nathan this week. The 19-year-old has agreed terms on a a £4.5 million switch from Atletico Paranaense, and will link up with his new team-mates at Stamford Bridge on June 1.
He told the club's website: "I am very happy to be joining Chelsea, the champions of England, and I hope I will be able to learn a lot and develop my game."
Chelsea have already secured the Premier League title this season with two games of the season remaining, and go up against West Brom at the Hawthorns on Monday. Blues boss Jose Mourinho insists he is unlikely to change a winning formula and won't be in the market for a host of new signings in the summer.
The Special One is also mindful of the fact that rivals such as Manchester United and Manchester City are expected to splash the cash in order to challenge at the top of the table. “The market is difficult,” said Mourinho.
“I can imagine that, this summer, it will be like Wall Street collapsing. I can imagine that some clubs are coming into the market with such determination that they will disrupt the market and take it in unexpected directions. But we are in a good situation. We have this stability in our squad. We don’t need dramatic changes. We have to be loyal to our players because we believe in them."
Chelsea have one of the most sophisticated scouting networks in Europe and have a habit of snapping up the best youngsters, and either developing them into the first team or selling them at a profit.
By all accounts El Ghazi is an impressive talent, and to come through the ranks you need to have technique to match your temperament. Only time till tell if he is good enough for Chelsea however.
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